This summer I had so much fun attending the Haven conference in Atlanta. Haven is a weekend packed to the brim with creative classes and education for DIY bloggers…plus it’s just a fun way for all of us to get together in real life. It is made clear if you’re headed to Haven you should bring an extra bag…empty. They give away so many amazing products from the vendors you can hardly carry all your new swag home!
One of my blogging buddies had the brilliant idea for us to join together and share how we all used various products from our Haven swag bag. A swag bag is the ultimate grown up’s goody bag, just like the kiddos tote home from a birthday party, only better. Many of the products we receive are new on the market, so you are getting a first peek at some really cool stuff!
One class I attended was with Amy Howard of Amy Howard home. Her products are some of my favorite. Like this antique mirror or aged stool. Her latest product line is the Vintage Wood Mercantile. It’s what let’s you DIY your very own aged barnwood. And it’s so easy.
The island in my kitchen is large and I wanted a long board/tray to use on it while decorating for fall (You can check out my fall décor here). Instead of buying one I used my new swag to create my own aged barnwood tray. Here is what you will need:
DIY Aged Barnwood Tray Materials
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Wood – size is your choice.
Optional (depends on wood you use): Better With Age
Hardware (similar to mine)
Old rag or paper towels
I started with an older piece of wood I had in my stash. If you use new wood, get something that is rough and grainy, like fence board. You can age it using the Better With Age product to quickly get that left to the elements feel. I skipped that step and went straight to the weathered painted wood step.
- Mix the Vintage Plaster with water until a runny paste is formed, a little looser than sour cream consistency is good.
- Using a sponge brush spread plaster over board.
- Allow to set a few minutes until slightly tacky.
- Start scraping plaster off wood with putty knife. Wipe knife with rag or paper towels in between scrapes.
- Press knife firmly down at an angle and drag across board surface to remove desired amount of plaster. You can remove as much or as little as you like, depending on the look you are going for.
- Allow to dry completely.
- Add hardware to end of board by drilling holes to allow for handles. Here is a neat trick if you need to drill two exact holes like I did. Use a pencil to color the end of the hardware. Press into place on board and it will leave a mark for perfect hole location!
This board will definitely get some mileage around my house in different spots as the seasons pass! This product is easy to use and has a ton of potential for some amazing projects. Please be sure to pin this project for later.
See other DIY projects from Hunt & Host here:
Now check out what my friends have come up with!
If you’d like to see last year’s fall décor, check it out here:
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